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Golden Notes Of Archbold’s Memorable Past



Ten Years Ago

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

Dan and Cheryl Storrer, rural Archbold, have applied for liquor permits from the state of Ohio to serve liquor in the Stotzer Building, 301 North Defiance Street.

In a Monday night interview, the Storrers said they are planning to open a combination coffeehouse, restaurant, entertainment venue, and art gallery in the building, the site of the former Stotzer Hardware, which closed Dec. 31, 2006.

The Stotzer family operated a business in the village for 148 years prior to the closing. The Stotzer building was a hardware store for decades.

While lazing around would be way more fun every summer, high school and college students flood businesses with applications as they search for jobs over summer break.

Now, many desire a fulltime workload.

What pulls them from summer treats like the swimming pool and ice cream?

College money. Make money for college, Definitely college.

“I couldn’t really talk when I came here,” said Marco Pezzi, an Italian who spent his senior year at Archbold High School. He knew he’d be an exchange student once his Dad showed him the newspaper ad when he was 15.

An all-terrain vehicle driver’s ride on one of his vehicles through Ruihley Park Wednesday, June 20, was not allowed under a permit issued by the village of Archbold.

The Archbold Evangelical Mennonite Church Wednesday night men’s ministry arranged the display of racing ATVs by Quinn Michael, a Bryan racer.

There will be fireworks in Archbold, Saturday, July 21. Park board members learned the news at their Tuesday, June 19 meeting. The display will cost $15,000, and it’s part of the Carp Festival.

Deaths–Laura A. Crossgrove Baer, 89, Archbold; Thomas J. Gallaway, DDS, 65, Leipsic; Kathryn M. Bernath, 69, Archbold; Leanna M. Eicher, 94, Archbold

A fire of undetermined origin destroyed a shop building on the farmstead of Duane Stamm, 25856 Co. Rd. G, late Friday night, June 22.

Twenty-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 24, 1992

Council officials, German Township Trustees, Fulton County Commissioners, and state officials met Monday evening in Archbold Council Chambers and promised to work together to relieve Archbold area traffic problems, although they didn’t agree upon a specific route to solve the problem.

The thunderstorm of June 17 caused power and telephone service disruptions throughout the area, but the worst problem was cleaning up fallen tree limbs, local authorities said. Crews worked several days at the removal job.

Gladys Morton, a California resident, said she wanted to see some rain while visiting her mother, Anna Schnitkey, 400 South Defi- ance St. She said the thunderstorm June 17 was more than enough, but it was better than an earthquake.

The storm severely damaged the landmark wood windmill at the entranceway at Sauder Village.

Pettisville residents, families, and friends once again showed community spirit and dug deep into pockets to support the ninth Friendship Days Celebration.

Maynard Sauder, CEO of Sauder Woodworking, was one of seven persons named Northwest Ohio Entrepreneur of the Year.

Ted Lovejoy, superintendent of the Archbold Wastewater Treatment Plant, received the W.D. Sheets award at the 66th annual conference of the Ohio Water Pollution Control Association.

Dean’s List–Chila A. Tijerina, University of Findlay; Jennifer A. Dieringer, Ohio Northern University

40th Wedding Anniversary– Herb and Joan (Rupp) Miller, June 28, 1952

Deaths–Audrey Short, 83, Archbold; Matthew A. Hug, 24, Bryan

Headline–Lyme Disease Found In Three Counties

Douglas D., son of Darrel and Carolyn King, was named radio manager of WEMC-FM, Eastern Mennonite College and Seminary

Fifty Years Ago

Wednesday, June 28, 1967

Miller Bros., Inc., has been awarded the contract to construct the airport on the county home property near Ottokee. The county commissioners awarded the contract to Miller Bros., Friday, on a bid of $165,576.49, which was $14,718 over the engineering estimate.

The commissioners have been working a long time on plans for the airport, trading some of the county home for land to build the 4,000-foot east-west runway.

John Graber appears in a photograph, checking the car of Allen Kleck at the voluntary vehicle safety check, Friday evening near the elementary school building. Community Commercial Club sponsored the event.

John Jay Rupp and his wife, Elinore, received Ph.Ds in chemistry at the 109th annual commencement of Northwestern University at Evanston, Ill., Saturday.

Lynnette and Carol Stamm, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. Frederick Stamm, and Joan, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Buehrer, nursing students at Fort Wayne Hospital School of Nursing, received caps at a June 2 ceremony.

Mr. and Mrs. H.F. Stotzer and grandchildren, Liz, Laura and John, children of Mr. and Mrs. Don Stotzer, returned home Tuesday, June 20, from a 20-day tour of the West.

Maude Fankhauser, librarian, reports few children attended the first Story Hour sponsored by Bobbs & Butches, C.C.L. The program is held the next four Fridays for pre-school through second grade children entering school this fall.

A military address appears for Eric P. Yedica, Lackland AFB, Texas.

Dean’s List–Sharron, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Harold Meyer, International Business College; Ronald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Orlen Leupp, Bethel College.

Seventy-Five Years Ago

Wednesday, June 24, 1942

La Choy Food Products, Inc., that has selected Archbold as its operating center, has been the largest manufacturer of Chinese foods in the United States for 20 years, according to French Jenkins, president.

The new 30×60 John Rich building on Depot Street will house 370 food lockers for rent to patrons who can store foods at deep freeze temperatures. The business will be in operation in August.

The Board of Trustees of Detwiler Memorial Hospital, Wauseon, met in regular session, Monday evening. Helen Robinson of Little Rock, Ark., resigned effective August, as first superintendent of the hospital after two years of service.

For the past six months she has been on leave. At its regular monthly meeting, the board appointed Mary C. Schabinger, Philadelphia, Pa., to succeed Miss Robinson. Miss Schabinger has been acting superintendent since Feb. 1. She was formerly superintendent of Shamokin (Pa.) State Hospital for three years.

Six months prior to coming to Wauseon, she was instructor for the Southeastern Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Red Cross.

There will be an all-day meeting of the local Red Cross in the home economics room at the high school. On Tuesday, Mrs. G.C. Merillat, local president, took 32 childrens bathrobes, 18 mens bathrobes, 21 lap robes, 5 watch caps, 1 helmet, 15 sweaters, and 3 pairs rifle mitts to the county chairman to be shipped with the output of other chapters. Fulton County has been sent material for 200 ladies blouses and 112 childrens blouses. Any women wishing to do sewing at home may get in touch with Mrs. Merillat.

Edwin C. Winzeler has been promoted to sergeant at Camp Warren, Cheyenne, Wyo.

100 Years Ago

Tuesday, June 26, 1917

Mrs. I.W. Gotshall, who recently returned from a visit to relatives in Canada, spoke of the sorrow of the war.

In many homes they are mourning the loss of husbands and brothers while cripples who come home ruined for life are plentiful. Her brother was severely wounded.

Ohio has issued approximately 303,000 automobile licenses as of Saturday afternoon, according to W.A. Mc- Curdy, state registrar. The receipts of the auto department will exceed $1,500,000 for the entire year.

Mr. C.A. Weber, of Elmira, is developing an industry that promises to add much to the wealth of the community.

Users of sand for mixing concrete have found diffi- culty in getting shipments of sand for making foundation blocks, etc.

Mr. Weber has found that in the bed of Bean Creek, there is a layer of sand three to four feet deep. The sand is considered better for blocks than the lakeshore sand shipped here at considerable expense.

He has installed an engine and rotary sand pump. He started with a six-inch hose and found a four-inch is better. The minds of the people are turning to home products, which will add much to the savings and wealth.

When the grandfather of the Sauder family lived in his first cabin in the woods of German Township, he had many friends among the Indians. The Indians never passed his cabin without leaving their guns in the woods and coming to the Sauder cabin to say “how.” One day, grandfather Sauder shot a deer in the woods. Three Indians heard the shot and came to see what he was doing.

Grandfather Sauder had just finished rough-dressing the deer when they appeared. He gave them what he could not eat. Later the Indians sent him plenty.

When the Indians were taken away to the barren reservations in Kansas, they came to him to say good-bye and brought him small presents to show their esteem.

Friday, June 29, 1917

Forty-five eighth grade students will graduate from German, Franklin, and Clinton townships and Pettisville Special School at the Town & Township Hall, Friday evening.

Professor C.D. Perry, county superintendent, delivered the address entitled, “Playing the Game of Life.” He made it clear that education is worth more than money, and learning helps one to get the best out of life as well as preparing one to become a useful and desirable citizen and neighbor.

The audience was unusually large, showing town and farm people are taking a lively interest in the education of their children.

A voluntary inspection committee of ten businessmen made a tour of the village Sunday and carefully inspected the gardens of residents.

Some of the finest gardens Archbold ever had were in evidence. Stryker Street residents came in for much praise as well as the garden of mayor Ruihley. There are many nice gardens in all parts of town.

Many villagers hope to have plenty of potatoes for their own use as well as much other garden produce for fall and winter use.

This is the best Archbold Buckeye we know how to publish. If we had more patronage and were able to hire more help and buy more machinery, we could probably produce a bigger Buckeye, but we could not make it any better, because we do not know how. Each new subscriber helps greatly.

The famous Groff Sawmill is no more. The junk man gobbled it up and carted it away.

It was worth nothing as it lay there rusting. It brought a snug little sum of money. The country needs the old iron.



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